Despite how difficult it is to understand 2016, with the loss of my father at the end of August and the loss of my mother the same day I lost one of my best friends (Derick) in December, life continues to offer opportunities that bring love and light into all this darkness.
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Published January 2017
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Declassified is an enigmatic, at times erotic, and often passionate, exploration of relationships and politics, finding their shared tropes of deception, subterfuge, and even espionage. The poems move between a revolutionary, and a ‘Her’ based in the American Midwest of today. Ultimately, the book’s focus is on love – between husbands and wives, friends, and a mother and her daughter – and how, in these challenging times, only the strongest bonds resist decay. Griffor’s style moves between a hypnotic prose poetry and the rich magic realism of Latin American poets.
Mariela Griffor’s brilliant poems navigate the distance between languages, homelands and heartlands. Her poems are the musical and engraved declarations the wounded world requires.
— Derick Burleson
When I read poets who are new to me I usually see what they are doing but very often can’t see why they are doing it. I don’t have to wonder for a second why Mariela Griffor writes as she does. On a first reading the sheer urgency driving her strongest poems stopped me in my tracks: it arises from the private tragedies of her earlier years before she left Chile, and of course these tragedies were also public, affecting many thousands. Her most affecting lines are phrased simply, often with a vulnerable air, yet they are tough. These lines carry great weight: that is no small achievement. --
--Robin Fulton Macpherson
Name: Mariela Griffor